A 337-page report, prepared by an independent Pakistani commission, was published Monday and allegedly details Osama bin Laden’s life from shortly after the 9/11 attack to the al-Qaida leader’s death on May 2, 2011 at the hands of Navy SEAL Team-Six.
A Fox News reporter was the first to discuss the report when a confidential informant allowed him to view but not copy it. On Monday, the Al Jazeera news agency published what it says is the report’s entirety.
The document was based on the testimony of over 200 witnesses including family members, and offers “stunning revelations about the life and death” of bin Laden, according to The Mail Online.
Among the report’s disclosures, reportedly revealed by a relative, is that bin Laden, known as “The Shaikh,” “wore a cowboy hat to avoid detection from above” from U.S. drones when venturing outdoors.
The report also said he was nearly caught a year or two after the 9/11 terror attack. The Mail reported:
On one occasion during 2002 or 2003, bin Laden was almost caught while headed to a market with his security guard Ibrahim al-Kuwaiti and the guard’s wife Maryam. The car he was riding in – it’s unclear who was driving – was pulled over for speeding, but bin Laden ‘quickly settled the matter,’ according to Maryam’s testimony, and the al-Qaeda leader was once again off and running.
Accounts of the bin Laden raid have been told from the United States’ perspective. This report offers a glimpse from the receiving end.
“After the evening meal and prayer,” the document said, “Amal [bin Laden’s youngest wife] and the Shaikh retired for the night. Shortly past midnight, they were awakened by the noise of what at first sounded like a storm.”
That would be the Chinook helicopters carrying the SEAL team members.
As Fox News has reported, the document also made the case against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani physician who provided information vital to the raid’s success.
Aftridi “met with the CIA operatives [assigned to him] on more than 25 occasions, and received approximately Rs. [Rupees] 10 million from them,” which equates to approximately $100,000, according to (WHAT PUBLICATION)’s account of the report.
The report essentially accused the Obama administration of abandoning the doctor, who remains in a Pakistani prison serving a 30-year-plus sentence.
“The fact is that he was arrested 3 weeks after the raid during which time the CIA could have ferreted him out of the country,” the report said.
The report concluded that the bin Laden raid was “a criminal act of murder which was condemned by a number of international lawyers and human rights organizations.”
“Due process was deliberately denied the victims,” the Pakistani commissioners wrote, “and their killing was explicitly ordered by the President of the US.”
The full report can be read here.
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